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Even After Defeating ISIS, Iraq Struggles to Find Its Feet

One of the principal effects of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 was an exponentially compounded threat of terrorism in the country by extremist groups. 15 years after the invasion, and one year after defeating ISIS, the Middle Eastern country is still struggling to land on its feet.

Death of Two Saudi Sisters in New York Leave Unanswered Questions

The mysterious circumstances surrounding the deaths of two young Saudi sisters in New York City have spurred a still-unresolved investigation and provoked speculations that Saudi Arabia’s repressive society is partly to blame.

Argan Oil: Is Outside Exploitation of Morocco’s Liquid Gold Imperiling Local Coops?

Many business owners claim that the argan oil industry enhances the socio-economic situation of Amazigh populations in the argan forests region. However, this multi-million dollar industry could threaten the future of wild argan forests in Morocco and lead to results that are the opposite hoped for by the Moroccan government.
Matthew Hedges and the Glorification of Anti-Intellectualism.

Matthew Hedges and the Glorification of Anti-Intellectualism

Despite scant evidence against him, the United Arab Emirates has issued Matthew Hedges a life sentence, claiming that he is not an academic researcher, but a spy. Now, the Emirates’ international reputation is at risk.

Arab Youth is Changing Tattoo Culture in the Middle East

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have a long history of tattoo art. Once considered a sign of beauty, its popularity declined in many regions because of negative social stigma and the fact that Islam prohibits tattoos. Recently, young Arabs have begun to embrace tattooing once again, and they are changing people’s perception of tattoos.
Frankincense, a Gift to the Newborn Jesus, Still Does Wonders

Frankincense, a Gift to the Newborn Jesus, Still Does Wonders

Frankincense, one of the gifts bestowed upon the newborn baby Jesus by the biblical Magi (the Three Wise Men), has been used throughout history—not only as a pungent incense for religious rituals and ceremonies but also as a natural remedy for a wide...
Curtailing Conflict Across the Arab World Former Yemeni Human Rights Minister Calls for Dialogue

Curtailing Conflict Across the Arab World: Former Yemeni Human Rights Minister Calls for Dialogue

With the Arab world seemingly in constant conflict with no imminent prospects for peace, one world leader outlines her vision of the road to peace in the MENA region.

Coffee: The Lost Treasure of Yemen

Yemenis played a significant role in introducing coffee -- the second most traded commodity in the world after oil -- to countries throughout the world. The government's disinterest, however, in preserving the coffee tree and promoting its cultivation has deprived the country of significant revenue.

An Unusual Tradition: The Imilchil Marriage Festival

Young, unmarried men and women gather in the mountainous village of Imilchil, in southeastern Morocco, every year at the end of September. They meet, trade livestock, buy their supplies for the long winter, and, traditionally, seek a marriage partner.
Raï Music A Powerful Tool of Social Protest in North Africa

Raï Music: A Powerful Tool of Social Protest in North Africa

Raï music influenced generations of North Africans from the 1970s to the end of the 1990s. A mixture of tradition and modernity, Raï has both mirrored and inspired social movements in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.